If you search Suresh Raina on YouTube, you will see clickbait pictures and headlines. The thumbnails of these videos have photos of cricketers getting emotional. Eventually, you realise these are video obituaries for the cricketer, who is, very much alive.
Clearly, these videos must have taken a toll on the 32-year-old as he tweeted,
Past few days there has been fake news of me being hurt in a car accident.The hoax has my family & friends deeply disturbed. Please ignore any such news; with god’s grace I’m doing absolutely fine.Those @youtube channels have been reported & hope strict actions will be taken soon
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 11, 2019
The fans were relieved to hear about Raina’s well-being and it was a hoax. Sadly, this is not the first time a cricketer has been a victim of such hoaxes. Recently hoaxes about former New Zealand player Nathan McCullum and former Pakistan player Abdul Razzaq.
Their anger towards such YouTube channels is justified as these hoaxes affect emotion of millions of fans around the world. They don’t realise or ignore the magnitude of what they are doing just to make a quick buck. Let’s hope a strict action is taken against people like these are brought to justice.